City At A Glance

#3 LivScore 643
University Avenue in Berkeley, CA

Quick Facts:

Population: 114,642
Median Household Income: $59,348
Average Work Commute: 22 Minutes
Median Home Price: $545,000

About Berkeley, CA

Sitting on scenic San Francisco Bay, Berkeley claims the oldest branch of the University of California, which earned the city a spot on our 2013 Top 10 College Towns list. It’s a thriving small city, a mecca for fine arts, culture, food and science. Berkeley is home to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Residents appreciate a strong local school system, a commitment to environmental interests, including urban farming, bike trails, public transportation and abundant public green space, like the enormous public Berkeley Rose Garden.